Become a Georgia Master Naturalist!

The Georgia Master Naturalist Program is an adult environmental education program of the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources and The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. The program consists of a series of weekly field trips with specific environmental topics. The field trips combine lectures and hands-on learning that serve to connect people with local habitats and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Travel to different locations and hear from field experts.

Phinizy Center hosted its first Georgia Master Naturalist course in Spring 2013 with a full class of 25 participants. From exploring Heggie’s Rock Preserve while learning about geology and succession, to studying longleaf pine habitats and forestry practices at Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, to kayaking down the Augusta Canal, it was a highly successful 10 weeks which was immensely enjoyed by all. We try to mimic these experiences each year, bringing in fresh ideas and faces along the way.

Georgia Master Naturalist Program

Spring 2022


Join Phinizy Center staff and invited field trip leaders as we offer a Georgia Master Naturalist program through a 10 week series. There is an introductory kickoff meeting on Tuesday, March 1st from 3 to 7pm at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Field trips get started  Thursday, March 3rd. The field trips include a lunch break and begin between 8 and 9 a.m. and run until 3 or 4 p.m.  The final session is on May 19th.  There will be no class on April 7th.  Participants are required to complete 48 hours.  Field trips include an introduction to local habitats such as swamps, lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, urban landscapes and the issues affecting them. Georgia Master Naturalists are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering  with local schools and environmental education centers.

Registration fees include all field trip fees, GA Master Naturalist registration fees, note book with related study materials, and other related materials.

Registration through our website will include a $5 processing fee.




March 1 (Tuesday)
Program Introduction
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 3
Wetlands & Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 10
Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary

March 17
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 24
Botanical Hike & Dendrology
Steven’s Creek & Thurmond Lake

March 31
Geology & Lichens
TNC’s Heggie’s Rock

April 14
Stream Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

April 21
Field Ornithology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

April 28
Urban Water Cycle
Augusta’s Hicks & Messerly Plants

May 5
Urban Waterways
Augusta Canal

May 12
Program Wrap Up & Certificates
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park